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Friday, March 21, 2014

Bay Leaf Kitchen, a New Culinary Summer Camp For Kids From Former CUESA Market Chef

Posted By on Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Elianna Friedman doing what she does best: Teaches kids not to fear the vegetable. - JOSH LESKAR
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  • Elianna Friedman doing what she does best: Teaches kids not to fear the vegetable.

It's hard to be involved in the S.F. food scene without meeting Elianna Friedman -- she was head of CUESA's Market Chef program, coordinating all the cooking demos at the Ferry Plaza Saturday Market, and was the founder of New Taste Market (she's also married to Jesse Friedman, co-founder of Almanac Beer Co.). Now Elianna's got a new project: Bay Leaf Kitchen, a culinary summer camp for kids.

The mission of the camp is simple: to teach children and families how to grow, cook, and eat real food. Along with learning cooking basics, kids will be able to go on an overnight camping trip to Eatwell Farms where they'll milk cows, gather eggs, harvest vegetables, and generally get a better idea where their food comes from. It's the kind of experience that Friedman has tried to create with her cooking classes, and was inspired by her own forays into cooking and camping when she was growing up. "The more directly connected kids are to the food they eat, the more excited they are to eat healthy meals made out of real fruits and vegetables. By teaching hands-on classes in farmers' markets and on the farm, kids are empowered to make their own choices, and are thrilled to eat more fruits and vegetables," says Friedman. "I hope Bay Leaf Kitchen can be a place where kids are set on the right food path for life." Beyond Friedman, other local chefs and food people will be involved, including Three Babes Bakeshop, Hollie from Joyfoodly, and Simran and Stacie from A Little Yumminess. Bay Leaf Kitchen's Indiegogo campaign, which seeks to raise $25,000 for scholarships for kids this summer, is reaching the end of its funding over the weekend. But because it's a non-profit, even if it doesn't reach that goal (it's currently hovering around $10k), the money raised will still go to scholarships. Here's a video explaining more about the project:

Introducing Bay Leaf Kitchen from Jesse Friedman on Vimeo.

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Anna Roth

Anna Roth

Anna Roth is SF Weekly's former Food & Drink Editor and author of West Coast Road Eats: The Best Road Food From San Diego to the Canadian Border.


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